Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Stacy patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Ulvin will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Ulvin now and make an appointment to come into our Stacy office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!